Olympic Channel’s General Manager Mark Parkman has revealed plans on a film depicting the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team which competed here at Pyeongchang 2018.
Parkman, according to an insidethegames.biz report, has said that they looking forward to telling a story of the historic team featuring players from both North and South Korea, in a special programme on IOC’s OTT Internet TV Platform.
The team, with 23 athletes from South and 12 from North, competed under the name “Korea” along with the display of Korean Unification Flag.
In spite of a dismal performance, the team has been hailed as a symbol of peace amidst ongoing tensions in the Korean Peninsula. IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero had earlier suggested that the team should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Ruggiero said she would ask other members of the IOC to nominate the squad.
Last week, the governor of Gangwon Province, where the 2018 Winter Games venue Pyeongchang is located, has said that he is considering a bid to co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games (AWG) with North Korea.
The governor said that the move is aimed at better utilization of the infrastructure of Pyeongchang after the games and continued inter-Korean exchanges and reconciliation through sports.
“We have been documenting some of that story. We’re still in the stage what we’ll be able to do with it but we’re hoping that we can put something together in the coming weeks,” said Parkman.
Parkman also revealed that tech giants Intel and Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega, both being IOC TOP Sponsor, are close to inking a sponsorship deal with Olympic Channel. Parkman hopes for a significant financial boost from the two sponsors. The Channel already has agreements in place with TOP sponsors Bridgestone, Toyota, and Alibaba.
The Channel, with the budget of $450 million over a seven-year period, has received 1.3 billion views across its various platforms since it was launched on the day of the Closing Ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Parkman claimed.